Bonnie Bertolaet Selected as New Executive Director

 
The Board of Science Club for Girls (SCFG) is delighted to announce Bonnie Bertolaet, Ph.D., as our new Executive Director effective January. After an exhaustive national search, our Board selected Dr. Bertolaet from a wide group of talented candidates.
Dr. Bertolaet has been on the Board of Science Club for Girls (SCFG) for the past two years, most recently serving as its Chair. In that role, she was the major force behind the current strategic plan, the operational restructuring of SCFG, and a reinvigorated focus on development.
“Bonnie has worked tirelessly over the past two years, advocating with great skill, passion and creativity for the mission and vision of SCFG. We are indeed fortunate to have her take the lead of Science Club for Girls as we continue our efforts to improve access and gender equity in STEM, especially for girls underrepresented in STEM.” Mary McGowan, Co-Founder SCFG
 
Dr. Bertolaet is an accomplished scientist, with a broad background in education and training in scientific research and in STEM education. She received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University and trained as an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute. Bonnie has worked in biotech and with educational organizations in public and private schools in a variety of roles, including working in STEM education and supporting an equity-based educational program focused on raising awareness of physical and intellectual disabilities for children in K-6th grade.
“I am deeply committed to SCFG’s mission and have been moved by the profound impact we have on our girls. I look forward to serving this wonderful organization in my new capacity as Executive Director.” Bonnie Bertolaet

Participating in the MIT Mystery Hunt in January

Registration is Open for Spring Programs in Cambridge!

Please click on this link to register for our Science Clubs (K-5 grade), STEMinistas (6-8 grade) and Junior Mentors (8-12 grade) programs for spring 2019 in Cambridge.

King Open School, 359 Broadway, Cambridge, K-5 Science Clubs and Junior Mentors, Tuesdays 3-4:15pm beginning February 26.

Amigos School, 15 Upton, Cambridge, K-5 Science Clubs and Junior Mentors, Fridays 3-4:15pm beginning March 1.

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, 71 Cherry St, Cambridge, K-5 Science Clubs, 6-8th grade STEMinistas and Junior Mentors, Saturdays 10:15-11:30am beginning March 2.

Join us as a Mentor

Interested in mentoring? Have you had a great mentor or science teacher? Was there one experiment or conversation that changed your path, steering you to become the woman that you are? Want to be that role model in our community? Volunteer with us and become a mentor! Please contact us at cullmann@scienceclubforgirls.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Future Expansion of Science Club for Girls

We are hoping to re-open clubs in Somerville and Boston in fall 2019 and continue sustainable expansion in the future. Please stay tuned for more information.

Science Club for Girls is a non-profit that provides free, fun, experiential programs focused on STEM for girls from communities underrepresented in STEM. 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills, but today less than 26% of the positions in technology and engineering are held by women. Help us fill the pipeline for STEM-related jobs by donating to our programs, which open the door to STEM-related careers for girls!

$100K Challenge Match A Success!

We are thrilled to announce that we successfully closed our $100K Challenge Match on Labor Day! The Noyce Legacy Fund generously donated $100,000 to Science Club for Girls at the beginning of the summer as a Challenge Match to our greater community. Your donations were matched dollar for dollar, and, by the end of the summer, we raised over $139,000 (in addition to the original $100,000 donation) from individual donors, foundations, corporations and government sources including a $50,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of Boston (formerly InvestHer Foundation) and a $44,000 grant from the City of Cambridge. We are so grateful to you, our stakeholders, who join us in our commitment to providing opportunities in STEM and mentorship to our girls. Thank you!

Registration is Open for Fall Programs in Cambridge! And for Mentors too!

Please click on this link to register for our Science Clubs (K-5 grade), STEMinistas (6-8 grade) and Junior Mentors (8-12 grade) programs for fall 2018 in Cambridge.King Open School, 359 Broadway, Cambridge, Science Clubs and Junior Mentors, Tuesdays 3-4:15pm beginning Oct. 2nd.

Amigos School, 15 Upton, Cambridge, Science Clubs and Junior Mentors, Fridays 3-4:15pm beginning Oct. 5th.

Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, 71 Cherry St, Cambridge, Science Clubs, STEMinistas and Junior Mentors, Saturdays 10:15-11:30am beginning Sept. 29th.

Join us as a Mentor
Interested in mentoring? Have you had a great mentor or science teacher? Was there one experiment or conversation that changed your path, steering you to become the woman that you are? Want to be that role model in our community? Volunteer with us and become a mentor! Please contact us at cullmann@scienceclubforgirls.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Future Expansion of Science Club for Girls
We are hoping to re-open clubs in Somerville and Boston in fall 2019 and continue sustainable expansion in the future. Please stay tuned for more information.

Science Club for Girls is a non-profit that provides free, fun, experiential programs focused on STEM for girls from communities underrepresented in STEM. 80% of the fastest growing jobs in the next decade will require STEM skills, but today less than 26% of the positions in technology and engineering are held by women. Help us fill the pipeline for STEM-related jobs by donating to our programs, which open the door to STEM-related careers for girls!

Visit the donation page to contribute today!

Thank you for your generosity!

Bouchra
“I’m not sure where I would be today if it were not for Science Club for Girls. I started in third grade where, over time, gum drop architecture turned into dissecting fish which turned into talking about theoretical physics with my senior mentor. Those experiences encouraged me to select AP science courses, major in honors biochemistry in college, lead a research project as a freshman in a microbiology lab and spend this summer at the Yale School of Medicine as part of the Yale BioMedical SURF program.” – Bouchra, Science Club for Girls participant, 3rd -12th grade

Science Club for Girls wishes to thank The Cambridge Community Foundation, Geeta Pradhan, President & CEO, The Cambridge STEAM Initiative, Sharlene Yang, Director, and Vice Mayor of Cambridge, Jan Devereux for making it possible for clubs to continue in Cambridge while Science Club for Girls launches its Smart Growth Initiative.

During the spring semester, the STEAM Initiative is continuing our mission to foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM). Thanks to the STEAM Initiative, and the leadership of Program Manager Cristina Ullmann, girls from Science Club for Girls continue to be mentored by women scientists at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and The King Open School.

In the spring of 2018, SCFG went on hiatus while we work with a strategic planning and development team to produce a more robust development model geared toward expansion. We are responding to wait lists of over a year both for underserved girls who wanted to be in our programs and women scientists who wanted to volunteer as mentors.

To fuel and sustain our Smart Growth initiative, grow cost-effectively and reduce service duplication, SCFG is actively pursuing formal partnerships with like-minded nonprofits and corporations.

Please consider supporting the next stage in our Smart Growth Initiative. Your donation will help enable us to implement a fall program in Cambridge supported by a sustainable infrastructure.

Looking long-term, your support will position SCFG for significant growth and geographic expansion so we can positively impact many more girls and get them on a pathway to careers in STEM and a more secure financial future. We are even more committed to our mission and to the girls we have served for the past 23 years. We have come this far because of the strong and valued support of the communities we serve and all of you. We ask for your continued support as we move into our next stage.

If you have questions or would like to be notified of future endeavors, please email the Board of Directors at scfg@scienceclubforgirls.org.

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Our Mission: SCFG fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics.